Creative Pep Talk helps you build a thriving creative practice!
Each week, host Andy J. Pizza serves up monologues and interviews with creative powerhouses like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Abbi Jacobson and Morgan Harper Nichols that are chocked to the brim with creative performance hacks and fresh marketing tactics.
Time to fill up your tank with a generous helping of PEP! Open up your ears and get that breakthrough perspective you need, the second you need it!
Andy J. Pizza is an illustrator for the likes of The New York Times, The Washington Post, Google, YouTube and Nickelodeon.
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350 - What to Focus on & What to Let Go with Cheyenne Barton
The creative brain is amazing at coming up with infinite options and connections, but sorting through and choosing which options are best and should be focused on is a totally different skill.
In this episode we talk to incredible Illustrator and Youtuber Cheyenne Barton, right in the midst of working this stuff out for herself. At the time we talked, Cheyenne was feeling overwhelmed in her practice and I found the vulnerability of this chat to be a real gift. If you’re burnt out or feeling overwhelmed, this snapshot will help you feel less alone in it and may just give you some tools to overcome it!
349 - Creative Pep Talk's 10 Rules of A Thriving Creative Practice
Why do doctors and pilots both need checklists? Because even life saving information is easy to forget! That’s why in this episode we establish the ten ideas that define this show and what we think staying on track in your creative journey is all about.
Every idea on this list significantly impacted my creative practice.
In this episode:- Why you need to embrace a small audience- The one thing you will be lost without- A prompt for creating a new foundation for your practice- MUCH MORE this episode is JAM PACKED to help you start your year right!
348 - 3 Exercises for Finding Your Way Back to the Heart of Your Creative Path
Think back to a time in your creative journey where you felt right on the heels of your potential and you knew the exact way to spend your energy.
Pretty much all of us have been thrown off this path at this point.
In this episode I want to share with you 3 specific exercises that have helped me re-spark my passion for my creative journey and awakened decisive direction and excited action again!
In this episode we dive into:- Why getting lost is part of the process and therefore what skill we need to master- A tool for seeing the essential things you uniquely need in your everyday- The opposite of a New Years resolution and how it creates the environment for reaching your most important goals
347 - How to Find Your Story and Unlock New Profound Depths in Your Work
Are you feeling like the world is leaving you behind? Do things feel so noisy and fast paced that you fear you don’t have a chance to ever really be seen as a creator?
If you’ve been creating from a place of fear and anxiety and want to get back to creating from passion and heart, it starts with tapping into who you are and that means getting deeply acquainted with your story. In this episode we talk about how to do just that.
In this episode:- A Technique for Finding The Most Powerful Aspects of Your Story- What to Do Instead of Chasing Trends, New Social Media Platforms & New Software- How Finding The Stories that Defined You Can Act as Breadcrumbs to Finding Yourself
346 - 3 Steps for How to Start 2022 Back in Your Creative Sweet Spot
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of being exactly where you’re supposed to be on the creative path. You’re seeing 5 steps ahead. Things are coming together in your work with surprising serendipity and satisfying ease. Your progress is meaningful and tangible.
You’re passionate about what you’re doing and there’s a peace around where you currently find yourself.
In this episode, we explore a process for finding where we are stuck and how to get back into the groove again, so that we can show up in the new year with our best creative selves, full of excitement and motivation.
In this episode:
- The Old School Mindset the Holds Most Creators Back
- Identify Which of the 3 Problem Areas You’re Stuck in and How to Beat Them
- The Big shift in Strategy that Changed my Creative Journey __________
345 - How to Find The Next Inspired Chapter in Your Creative Journey
Are you finding it hard to get your hopes up about what comes next for you creatively? Does it ever feel like no matter what you do, the results are the same?
In this end of the year episode, we explore a 3 step process for finding your next step breadcrumbs, as well as the inner reservoir of energy for making it all happen.In this episode we dive into:
1 - Why Our New Year Efforts Often Fall Short
2 - Stepping Away from Your Creative Work to Step Up in the Next Chapter
3 - A Tool for Intuitively Getting in Touch with Your Top Lesson From Last Year
Keeps me Jazzed
In my neck of the woods, the culture is "keep information to yourself". This podcast spits in the face of that fooloshness and gives me the umph I need to follow my dreams!